Germany Bike Tours
Bike along the Rhine into German Wine Country…
This bike tour in Germany will take you through part of the long German Wine Route or Weinstrasse, the 2nd largest wine-growing region in the country. Bad Dürkheim especially pays homage to the wine with a huge Wurstmarkt (Wine and Sausage Festival) every September that is said to be the largest wine festival in the world!! Of course, the wine flows freely all summer long. In and around Bad Dürkheim alone, there are a reported 144 wineries, many of which offer wine tastings.
In addition to the many vineyards, which alone make for stunning landscapes, the Neckar and Rhine River valleys also make this a gorgeous tour to see from atop a bicycle. Some of the great cities you’ll cycle through include the very quaint Neustadt an der Weinstrasse (with a beautiful town center), Germersheim, Heidelberg, and Worms. Located nicely on the Neckar River, Heidelberg is well-known for its University, which was the leading one of its kind in 19th century Germany and is also the oldest in the country (having been founded in 1386)! Also of fame is the 16th-17th century Schloß, which is now mostly in ruins, but offers a spectacular view of the valley below nonetheless. In its cellar is a gargantuan wine cask. The town also has a scenic path overlooking it called the Philosophenweg as well as an impressive Old bridge gate.
Worms is famous for being the ancient centre of the old German Empire. It also contains an impressive imperial Cathedral (Wormser Dom) that is one of Germany’s finest examples of Romanesque architecture! Worms also plays a prominent role in the ancient German Nibelungenlied (an epic poem that tells the tragic story of a dragon slayer and the royal Burgundians family). A festival is held every year to retell the tale. It is said that the Nibelungensaga is factually based on individuals and events of the 5th and 6th centuries. While in Worms, be sure to indulge in some of their well-known Liebfraumilch wine!
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This is an easy self-guided hotel tour with daily distances ranging from 12 to 34 miles. Routes make use of good, hard asphalt roads (bike paths/side streets). Route is almost always flat, only a few smaller ascents to be expected at the entrance of the vineyards between Worms and Bad Dürkheim.
Where You’ll Stay
Option A: 3 star to 4 star hotels
Option B: hotels and B&Bs of 3 star level
- Hotel accommodations for 5 or 6 nights
- Breakfast buffets
- 21-speed hybrid bicycle
- Luggage transfer
- Tour information
- Route descriptions & maps, including places of interest - 1 set per booked room
- Sign posted route
- Service hotline
- GPS tracks (must be requested in advance)
- Bicycle Protection insurance
What’s Not Included
- Individual arrival to your first hotel in Neustadt
- Remaining meals (dinners can be included for a supplement)
- Visitor’s tax approx. € 2-5 per person (payable upon arrival)
- Trip insurance
Arrival possible daily from April 1 to October 14, 2017
Season 1: April 1 to April 28 and September 30 to October 14
Season 2: June 24 to August 18
Season 3: April 29 to June 23 and August 19 to September 29
7 Day Tour
Day 1: Arrival in Neustadt an der Weinstrasse
Day 2: Neustadt - Germersheim, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 3: Germersheim - Heidelberg, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 4: Heidelberg - Worms, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 5: Worms - Bad Dürkheim, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 6: Bad Dürkheim - Neustadt, 12 mi. (20 km)
Day 7: Departure from Neustadt an der Weinstrasse
*Distances are approximate and can be affected by hotel availability and other factors beyond our control.
DAY 1: Arrival into Neustadt an der Weinstrasse
Tour information will be given and the bicycles will be handed out. There remains enough time for an evening stroll through the idyllic old town.
DAY 2: Neustadt – Germersheim, 31 mi. (50 km)
Leaving the wine-growing area, this bike tour in Germany initially follows comfortable roads through the Rhine plains until you reach the Cathedral-city of Speyer with its medieval old town. On you cycle along the Rhine to Germersheim with a fortification dating back to the 19th century.
DAY 3: Germersheim – Heidelberg, 31 mi. (50 km)
Enjoy the natural beauty that follows the river Rhine as you cycle into Schwetzingen, with a Renaissance castle and beautiful park. Now the tour proceeds through the Rhine plains to Heidelberg, seat of the oldest University in Germany. Visit the famous castle and the beautiful old town situated directly on the Neckar.
DAY 4: Heidelberg – Worms, 28 mi. (45 km)
You follow the river Neckar until you reach Ladenburg. The many half-timbered houses create a singular ambience. You cycle through the large forests in the Rhine plains to reach the old emperors town Worms (legendary cathedral).
DAY 5: Worms – Bad Dürkheim, 25 mi. (40 km)
Today you leave the Rhine plains and visit the second largest German wine-growing area situated on the German Wine-Street. Experience the wine culture in smaller and bigger wine-growing communities. Find a lot of stories and history dating back to the time of the Roman Empire. Taste the very good Pfalz wine.
DAY 6: Bad Dürkheim – Neustadt, 12 mi. (20 km)
Take your time to enjoy the beautiful wine-growing villages with their special ambience. You visit Deidesheim and proceed on the “balcony of the Pfalz” to Neustadt.
DAY 7: Departure from Neustadt an der Weinstrasse
Departure following breakfast at your hotel.
6 Day Tour
Day 1: Arrival in Neustadt an der Weinstrasse
Day 2: Neustadt - Heidelberg, 34 mi. (55 km)
Day 3: Heidelberg - Worms, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 4: Worms - Bad Dürkheim, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 5: Bad Dürkheim - Neustadt, 12 mi. (20 km)
Day 6: Departure from Neustadt an der Weinstrasse